OStatic blogs http://ostatic.com/blog en Google Code-in is Coming, Focused on Open Source http://ostatic.com/blog/google-code-in-is-coming-focused-on-open-source#rss <p><img src="http://i1311.photobucket.com/albums/s669/webworkerdaily/goog_zpsczlxgxa2.jpg" alt="" width="170" height="73" />We're almost done with 2016, and this time of year is when Google announces its annual Code-in contest, which it has just done. Code-in is an an online contest hosted by Google for pre-university students aged 13 to 17. The contest encourages open source and exposes young people to open source.</p> <p>Here are some of the details on the latest contest. </p> <p>Google, of course, is no stranger to open source. The company recently open sourced its <a href="http://fossbytes.com/show-and-tell-google-open-sources-its-image-captioning-ai-in-tensorflow/" target="_blank">Show and Tell</a> AI system which can write captions for an image and an open source font called <a href="http://fossbytes.com/googles-free-open-source-font-noto-800-languages/" target="_blank">Noto</a>, supporting 800+ languages.</p> <p>Pre-university students ages 13 to 17 are invited to take part in Google Code-in, the company's global, online contest introducing teenagers to the world of open source. &quot;With a wide variety of <a href="https://developers.google.com/open-source/gci/resources/example-tasks">bite-sized tasks</a>, it’s easy for beginners to jump in and get started no matter what skills they have,&quot; the announcement notes. &quot;Mentors from our participating organizations lend a helping hand as participants learn what it’s like to work on an open source project.&quot;</p> <p>The <a href="https://opensource.googleblog.com/2016/11/announcing-google-code-in-2016-orgs.html">announcement post </a>adds: </p> <blockquote><p>&quot;Mentor organizations are currently creating thousands of tasks for students covering code, documentation, user interface, quality assurance, outreach, research and training. The contest officially starts for students on <strong>Monday, November 28th at 9:00am PST</strong>.</p> <p>&quot;You can learn more about Google Code-in on the <a href="https://g.co/gci">contest site</a> where you’ll find <a href="https://developers.google.com/open-source/gci/resources/contest-rules">Contest Rules</a>, <a href="https://developers.google.com/open-source/gci/faq">Frequently Asked Questions</a> and <a href="https://developers.google.com/open-source/gci/timeline">Important Dates</a>. There you’ll also find flyers and other helpful information including the <a href="https://developers.google.com/open-source/gci/resources/getting-started">Getting Started Guide</a>. Our <a href="https://groups.google.com/forum/#%21forum/gci-discuss">discussion</a> mailing list is a great way to talk with other students, mentors and organization administrators about the contest. For questions about eligibility or other general questions, you can contact us at <a href="mailto:gci-support@google.com">gci-support@google.com</a>.&quot;</p> </p></blockquote> <p><table id="realtedItems" style="background:#e6f0f2; padding:0; font-size:12px; border-top:2px solid #2f697e; vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <tbody><tr style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Activities</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/google-code-in-is-coming-focused-on-open-source#comments" target=_BLANK>Comments (0)</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/google-code-in-is-coming-focused-on-open-source#addres" target=_BLANK>Post a Comment</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/google-code-in-is-coming-focused-on-open-source#addrelquestion" target=_BLANK>Ask a Question</a></li> </ul> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Blog Posts</h3> <ul><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/peoples-code-the-u-s-government-delivers-numerous-open-source-projects#rss" target=_BLANK>People's Code: The U.S. Government Delivers Numerous Open Source Projects</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/peoples-code-the-u-s-government-delivers-numerous-open-source-projects#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/googles-tensorflow-powers-data-robots-machine-learning-platform#rss" target=_BLANK>Google's TensorFlow Powers Data Robot's Machine Learning Platform</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/googles-tensorflow-powers-data-robots-machine-learning-platform#comments">1 comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/brown-bag-talks-hear-from-open-source-leaders#rss" target=_BLANK>Brown Bag Talks: Hear from Open Source Leaders</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/brown-bag-talks-hear-from-open-source-leaders#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --></ul> </td> </tr></tbody> </table><!-- end #relatedItems --> </p> http://ostatic.com/blog/google-code-in-is-coming-focused-on-open-source#comment Code-in google open source Fri, 11 Nov 2016 10:54:39 -0500 Sam Dean http://ostatic.com/blog/google-code-in-is-coming-focused-on-open-source The Tech Industry Waits to See Trump's Tech Policies http://ostatic.com/blog/the-tech-industry-waits-to-see-trumps-tech-policies#rss <p><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3328/4565229065_7a73de833d_o.jpg" alt="" width="205" height="159" />U.S. President-elect Donald Trump isn't even in office yet, but technology industry associations are already sounding off about what his presidency will mean for tech. Trump laid out a detailed tech policy agenda in advance of the Nov. 8 election, but there are still a lot of questions swirling about his stance toward key tech sectors such as telecom, and there are questions about whether his administration will be as much of a champion for open source technologies as Obama's was.</p> <p>Here are some soundbytes from the discussion. </p> <p>  BSA | The Software Alliance, which represents companies such as IBM and Microsoft, along with tech advocacy groups such as the Information Technology &amp; Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and TechFreedom, have had mostly optimistic things to say, and their leaders are hoping to help mold Trump’s tech policies. </p> <p>“There will be a lot of issues the Trump administration will have to confront and deal with, and we hope to play a constructive role in helping them think through those issues,” Robert Atkinson, ITIF's founder and president, <a href="http://www.bna.com/tech-sector-hopeful-n57982082580/">told Bloomberg BNA</a>. </p> <p>Meanwhile, Ken Wasch, CEO of the Software &amp; Information Industry Association, has published <a href="http://www.siia.net/Portals/0/pdf/Policy/Transmittal%20Letter%20President-Elect%20Donald%20J%20Trump.pdf">an open letter </a>to Trump, which says:</p> <blockquote><p>&quot;SIIA and our member companies look forward to working with you and your Administration to support the use of software and information technology to foster inclusive growth for all Americans.  I urge you to focus on data - driven innovation at the highest levels of your Administration by vesting significant data policy - making responsibility in seni or positions in the White House. Managing the data - driven innovation portfolio as a strategic cross - cutting issue at the White House will enable the Administration to effectively govern the use of data to protect and better serve the American people. I wou ld be pleased to meet with you and others to discuss these recommendations further.&quot;</p> </p></blockquote> <p> The SIIA has asked Trump to promote flexible cybersecurity practices and to engage in discussions with the technology industry on topics related to technology in law enforcement.</p> <p>Trade group U.S. Telecom also issed the following statement:</p> <p>&quot;We congratulate President-Elect Trump, and look forward to working with him and his Administration to advance his commitment to infrastructure investment – particularly as it relates to investment in advanced telecommunications networks and services. This election cycle dramatically illustrated the critical role that broadband plays in our nation, providing millions of Americans an unprecedented ability to stay involved in campaigns for public office at the local, state, and national level – and enabling a new kind of citizen engagement in the democratic process. Policies that encourage continuing investment in this sector represent a path to prosperity, job creation, and economic growth.”</p> <p>As we recently reported, the Obama industry has made a point of supporting open source initiatives. The U.S. government <a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/peoples-code-the-u-s-government-delivers-numerous-open-source-projects">has launched</a> an update of its website, Code.gov, aimed at housing key open source projects. U.S. Chief Information Officer Tony Scott announced the government website, which provides access to more than 50 open source projects from more than 10 federal agencies. Scott wrote in a blog post <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/11/03/peoples-code-now-codegov">published now</a> that Code.gov opens access to code of a number of government digital platforms such as Vote.gov, Vets.gov, We the People and the White House Facebook bot.</p> <p>Hopefully, Trump's administration will support these moves. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><table id="realtedItems" style="background:#e6f0f2; padding:0; font-size:12px; border-top:2px solid #2f697e; vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <tbody><tr style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Activities</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/the-tech-industry-waits-to-see-trumps-tech-policies#comments" target=_BLANK>Comments (0)</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/the-tech-industry-waits-to-see-trumps-tech-policies#addres" target=_BLANK>Post a Comment</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/the-tech-industry-waits-to-see-trumps-tech-policies#addrelquestion" target=_BLANK>Ask a Question</a></li> </ul> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Blog Posts</h3> <ul><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/peoples-code-the-u-s-government-delivers-numerous-open-source-projects#rss" target=_BLANK>People's Code: The U.S. Government Delivers Numerous Open Source Projects</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/peoples-code-the-u-s-government-delivers-numerous-open-source-projects#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/u-s-national-security-agency-we-heart-android#rss" target=_BLANK>U.S. National Security Agency: We Heart Android</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/u-s-national-security-agency-we-heart-android#comments">1 comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/u-s-federal-cio-vivek-kundra-throws-in-the-towel#rss" target=_BLANK>U.S. Federal CIO Vivek Kundra Throws In the Towel</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/u-s-federal-cio-vivek-kundra-throws-in-the-towel#comments">1 comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --></ul> </td> </tr></tbody> </table><!-- end #relatedItems --> </p> http://ostatic.com/blog/the-tech-industry-waits-to-see-trumps-tech-policies#comment Code.gov Donald Trump government Fri, 11 Nov 2016 10:42:10 -0500 Sam Dean http://ostatic.com/blog/the-tech-industry-waits-to-see-trumps-tech-policies openSUSE Leap Goes Gold, Fedora 25 Delayed a Week http://ostatic.com/blog/opensuse-leap-goes-gold-fedora-25-delayed-a-week#rss <p><img src="http://ostatic.com/files/openSUSE_logo.png" alt="openSUSE" hspace="9" align="left" />Today in Linux news openSUSE 42.2 Leap has gone Gold Master in time for next Wednesday's release. On the other side of town Fedora 25 has been delayed a week, pushing its release to November 22, 2016. Sam Varghese and John Grogan reported on the latest from SUSECon 2016, with one covering a Red Hat spy in attendance. Eric <a href="http://alien.slackbook.org/blog/slackware-live-edition-1-1-4-based-on-slackware-current-of-4-nov-2016/">Hameleers released</a> his latest liveslak and ISOs. The Hectic Geek compared Ubuntu 16.10 flavors and Carla Schroder examined Ubuntu's enterprise chops.</p> <p><strong>Ludwig Nussel</strong> today informed the factory mailing list that openSUSE Leap 42.2 Leap has been built. Any further fixes will have to go through the update side now. Some new features in 42.2 include kernel paravirtualization defaults on, KDE Plasma 5.8.2, GNOME 3.20, improved bootloader including Trusted Boot support, Firewalld support, installer memory usage improvements, LIbreOffice 5.1, Firefox 49, Wayland support, GNU Health 3.0, PHP 7.0 availability, and Prelude SIEM 3.0. openSUSE 42.2 will be announced next Wednesday. In <a href="https://news.opensuse.org/2016/11/10/mesa-13-arrives-in-tumbleweed-with-new-kernel/">related news</a>, Tumbleweed recently got Mesa 13 and Plasma 5.8.3.</p> <p><strong>Jan Kurik</strong> today announced that the Go/No-Go meeting for next Tuesday's scheduled released ended with &quot;No-Go.&quot; During the meeting Thursday evening 9 accepted blockers and 3 proposed blockers were discussed. All accepted blockers were verified fixed, but alas, one of the proposed blockers violated their release criteria and caused a delay. The culprit is a bug that prevents Fedora from appearing in Mac OS X boot menus. While thought of losing that particular criteria was also discussed for future releases, it will cause a delay for version 25. Unless something else goes wrong, Fedora 25 should be announced Tuesday, November 22, 2016.</p> <p><strong>If neither</strong> openSUSE nor Fedora are your thing, perhaps you'd like an Ubuntu flavor. But which one, there's like seven or eight of them. Well, the Hectic Geek <a href="http://www.hecticgeek.com/2016/11/ubuntu-16-10-flavors-comparison/">compared and contrasted</a> four of them. He doesn't recommend one over another, but he does provide a lot of information so you can decide. And if you're looking for something for your small business Carla <a href="https://www.linux.com/learn/enterprise-linux-showdown-ubuntu-linux">Schroder looked</a> at Ubuntu's readiness for that.</p> <p><strong>The latest from SUSECon 2016:</strong></p> <p>* <a href="http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/suse-look-inside-new-suse-linux-enterprise-12-service-pack-2">A look inside the new SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 2</a></p> <p>* <a href="http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/suse-unleash-tiger">SUSE: Unleash the Tiger!</a></p> <p>* <a href="http://www.itwire.com/open-sauce/75681-red-hat-spy-makes-appearance-at-susecon.html">Red Hat 'spy' makes appearance at SUSECon</a></p> <p>* <a href="http://www.itwire.com/open-source/75680-from-windows-to-linux-yes,-that-is-still-a-thing.html">From Windows to Linux: yes, that is still a thing</a></p> <p>* <a href="http://www.itwire.com/open-source/75679-suse-plans-container-as-a-service-platform.html">SUSE plans container as a service platform</a></p> <p><table id="realtedItems" style="background:#e6f0f2; padding:0; font-size:12px; border-top:2px solid #2f697e; vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <tbody><tr style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Activities</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/opensuse-leap-goes-gold-fedora-25-delayed-a-week#comments" target=_BLANK>Comments (0)</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/opensuse-leap-goes-gold-fedora-25-delayed-a-week#addres" target=_BLANK>Post a Comment</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/opensuse-leap-goes-gold-fedora-25-delayed-a-week#addrelquestion" target=_BLANK>Ask a Question</a></li> </ul> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Software</h3> <ul><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/ubuntu#rss" target=_BLANK>Ubuntu</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/ubuntu#alternatives">15 alternatives</a>, <a href="http://ostatic.com/ubuntu#comments">19 reviews</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/fedora#rss" target=_BLANK>Fedora</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/fedora#alternatives">7 alternatives</a>, <a href="http://ostatic.com/fedora#comments">1 review</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --></ul> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Blog Posts</h3> <ul><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/trinity-updated-welcoming-microsoft-munich-backslide#rss" target=_BLANK>Trinity Updated, Welcoming Microsoft, Munich Backslide</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/trinity-updated-welcoming-microsoft-munich-backslide#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/mythbuntu-quits-xubuntu-fresh-air-stretch-preview#rss" target=_BLANK>Mythbuntu Quits, Xubuntu Fresh Air, Stretch Preview</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/mythbuntu-quits-xubuntu-fresh-air-stretch-preview#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/red-hat-7-3-libreoffice-5-2-3-released#rss" target=_BLANK>Red Hat 7.3, LibreOffice 5.2.3 Released</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/red-hat-7-3-libreoffice-5-2-3-released#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --></ul> </td> </tr></tbody> </table><!-- end #relatedItems --> </p> http://ostatic.com/blog/opensuse-leap-goes-gold-fedora-25-delayed-a-week#comment Fedora linux opensuse suse ubuntu Fri, 11 Nov 2016 02:51:50 -0500 Susan Linton http://ostatic.com/blog/opensuse-leap-goes-gold-fedora-25-delayed-a-week Survey Shows Spark Spreading Out, Heading to the Cloud http://ostatic.com/blog/survey-shows-spark-spreading-out-heading-to-the-cloud#rss <p><img src="http://i1311.photobucket.com/albums/s669/webworkerdaily/dpark_zps735cf242.png" alt="" width="189" height="115" />New survey data from nearly 7,000 respondents in the Big Data space are in, conducted by The Taneja Group for Cloudera, which focuses on Hadoop/Spark-based data-centric tools. The new &quot;<a href="http://www.cloudera.com/infographics/taneja-group-infographic.html" target="_blank">Apache Spark Market Survey</a>&quot; shows that Spark is set to break from the Hadoop ecosystem and function more and more as an independent data processing tool. It may move from on-premises installations to the cloud in many instances.</p> <p>Here are details. </p> <p><a href="http://tanejagroup.com/profiles-reports/request/apache-spark-market-survey-cloudera-sponsored-research#.WCScdNyo7Ps">According to the survey leaders</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>&quot;We found that across the broad range of industries, company sizes, and big data maturities represented in the survey, over one-half (54%) of respondents are already actively using Spark. Spark is proving invaluable as 64% of those currently using Spark plan to notably increase their usage within the next 12 months. And new Spark user adoption is clearly growing – 4 out of 10 of those who are already familiar with Spark but not yet using it plan to deploy Spark soon.</p> <p>The top reported use cases globally for Spark include the expected Data Processing/Engineering/ETL (55%), followed by forward-looking data science applications like Real-Time Stream Processing (44%), Exploratory Data Science (33%), and Machine Learning (33%). The more traditional analytics applications like Customer Intelligence (31%) and BI/DW (29%) were close behind, and illustrate that Spark is capable of supporting many different kinds of organizational big data needs. The main reasons and drivers reported for adopting Spark over other solutions start with Performance (mentioned by 74%), followed by capabilities for Advanced Analytics (49%), Stream Processing (42%) and Ease of Programming (37%).</p> <p>When it comes to choosing a source for Spark, more than 6 out of 10 Spark users in the survey have considered or evaluated Cloudera, nearly double the 35% that may have looked at the Apache Download or the 33% that considered Hortonworks. Interestingly, almost all (90+%) of those looking at Cloudera Spark adopted it for their most important use case, equating to 57% of those who evaluated Cloudera overall. Organizations cited quality of support (46%) as their most important selection factor, followed by demonstrated commitment to open source (29%), enterprise licensing costs (27%) and the availability of cloud support (also 27%).&quot;</p> </p></blockquote> <p>The data show that Spark has remarkable momentum and it continues to drive strategies at up and coming companies. </p> <p>“We have seen a significant customer adoption of Spark for building data pipelines and advanced analytics,” said Anoop Dawar, vice president of product management, Spark and Hadoop, MapR Technologies. “MapR has fully supported the Spark stack for two years – more than any other vendor in this industry. Based on customer feedback MapR provides early preview releases so data scientists and developers can try cutting edge features and then follows it up with a GA release for production deployments.”   </p> <p>The Taneja group has summarized many of its survey findings in some infographics,<a href="http://www.cloudera.com/infographics/taneja-group-infographic.html"> found here</a>.  </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><table id="realtedItems" style="background:#e6f0f2; padding:0; font-size:12px; border-top:2px solid #2f697e; vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <tbody><tr style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Activities</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/survey-shows-spark-spreading-out-heading-to-the-cloud#comments" target=_BLANK>Comments (0)</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/survey-shows-spark-spreading-out-heading-to-the-cloud#addres" target=_BLANK>Post a Comment</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/survey-shows-spark-spreading-out-heading-to-the-cloud#addrelquestion" target=_BLANK>Ask a Question</a></li> </ul> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Software</h3> <ul><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/spark#rss" target=_BLANK>Spark</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/spark#alternatives">add alternative</a>, <a href="http://ostatic.com/spark#comments">post review</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --></ul> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Blog Posts</h3> <ul><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/cloudera-accelerates-portfolio-of-self-paced-big-data-training-courses#rss" target=_BLANK>Cloudera Accelerates Portfolio of Self-Paced Big Data Training Courses</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/cloudera-accelerates-portfolio-of-self-paced-big-data-training-courses#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/marrying-apache-spark-and-r-for-next-gen-data-science#rss" target=_BLANK>Marrying Apache Spark and R for Next-Gen Data Science</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/marrying-apache-spark-and-r-for-next-gen-data-science#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/cloudera-delivers-release-built-on-apache-spark-2-0-and-advances-kudu#rss" target=_BLANK>Cloudera Delivers Release Built on Apache Spark 2.0, and Advances Kudu</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/cloudera-delivers-release-built-on-apache-spark-2-0-and-advances-kudu#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --></ul> </td> </tr></tbody> </table><!-- end #relatedItems --> </p> http://ostatic.com/blog/survey-shows-spark-spreading-out-heading-to-the-cloud#comment Cloudera Spark Thu, 10 Nov 2016 11:17:10 -0500 Sam Dean http://ostatic.com/blog/survey-shows-spark-spreading-out-heading-to-the-cloud The Renaissance Continues for Open Source Artificial Intelligence http://ostatic.com/blog/the-renaissance-continues-for-open-source-artificial-intelligence#rss <p><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2845/12324569745_90732f3c4f_o.png" alt="" width="272" height="225" />Recently, <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2016/07/18/how-startups-can-compete-with-enterprises-in-artificial-intelligence-and-machine-learning/">in an article for TechCrunch</a>, Spark Capital's John Melas-Kyriazi weighed in on how startups can leverage artificial intelligence to advance their businesses or even give birth to brand new ones. As a corollary avenue on that topic, it's worth noting that some very powerful artificial intelligence engines have recently been open sourced. Quite a few of them have been tested and hardened at Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other companies, and some of them may represent business opportunities.</p> <p>Microsoft, with the blessing of CEO Satya Nadella (shown) is playing a big part in open sourcing new artificial intelligence tools. Here are a few of these open tools from Microsoft, and some others to know about. </p> <p>Microsoft's Cognitive Toolkit, which can drive next-generation speech recognition, was <a href="http://blogs.microsoft.com/next/2016/10/25/microsoft-releases-beta-microsoft-cognitive-toolkit-deep-learning-advances/">released recently</a> in beta. The latest version is available on <a href="https://github.com/Microsoft/CNTK">GitHub</a> via an open source license.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the company has also released an artificial intelligence system dubbed Project Malmo to the open source community. Startups should take note. Previously <a href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/minecraft-becomes-the-testbed-for-artificial-intelligence-software/">referred to as Project AIX</a>, the platform is targeted to give startups an easy way to test out artificial intelligence programming without the need to build robots to test commands and comprehension with physical subjects. </p> <p>The system, which had until now only been open to a small group of computer scientists <a href="http://blogs.microsoft.com/next/2016/03/13/project-malmo-using-minecraft-build-intelligent-technology/#sm.00000vfn69dgn8fglrozgoa6aeoye">in private preview</a>, can help researchers develop sophisticated, more general artificial intelligence, or AI, that can do things like learn, hold conversations, make decisions and complete complex tasks.</p> <p><a href="https://blogs.microsoft.com/next/2016/07/07/project-malmo-lets-researchers-use-minecraft-ai-research-makes-public-debut/#sm.0000050mf66phmdkuwy4lono18f1w">According to a Microsoft post</a>:</p> <blockquote><p> &quot;<a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/people/kahofman/">Katja Hofmann</a>, a researcher in Microsoft’s Cambridge, UK, research lab, who leads the development of Project Malmo, said the system will help researchers develop new techniques and approaches to reinforcement learning. That’s an area of AI in which agents learn how to complete a task by being given a lot of room for trial and error and then being rewarded when they make the right decision.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;The AI researchers who have gotten a sneak peek at Project Malmo say another key advantage to the system is that it will let researchers compare their progress against the work of others, by seeing how well their theories perform in the same environment.&quot;</p> </p></blockquote> <p> These projects from Microsoft arrive as several other notable AI projects have been contributed as open source from technology leaders. </p> <p>Google has open sourced a program called TensorFlow. It’s based on the same internal toolset that Google has spent years developing to support its AI software and other predictive and analytics programs. You can find out more about <a href="http://tensorflow.org/" target="_blank">TensorFlow</a> at its site, and you might be surprised to learn that it is the engine behind several Google tools you may already use, including Google Photos and the speech recognition found in the Google app.</p> <p>According to Google, TensorFlow could help speed up processes ranging from drug discovery to processing astronomy-related data sets.</p> <p>Additionally, <a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/h20-ai-focused-on-machine-learning-closes-20-million-in-funding">we reported </a>on how <span class="st">H2O.ai, <a href="http://venturebeat.com/2014/11/07/h2o-funding/">formerly known as Oxdata</a>, has announced a new funding round that it is getting to the tune of $20 million. The money will go toward advancing its machine learning toolset, and the company is entirely open source-focused. </span>We recently caught up with <a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/q-a-h20s-oleg-rogynskyy-on-open-source-and-machine-learning">Oleg Rogynskyy</a>, VP of Marketing &amp; Growth at H2O, for <a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/machine-learning-and-open-source-converge-as-2016-kicks-off">an interview</a>.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Facebook <a href="http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2438931/facebook-plans-to-open-source-its-next-gen-machine-learning-system">is open sourcing</a> its machine learning system <a href="http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/feature/2434242/facebook-s-ai-tech-mimics-how-humans-learn" target="_blank" title="Facebook AI mimics how humans learn">designed for artificial intelligence (AI) computing at a large scale</a>. It's based on Nvidia hardware. And, IBM announced that its proprietary machine learning program known as <a href="https://developer.ibm.com/open/systemml/" target="_blank" class="icon none">SystemML</a> will be freely available to share and modify through the Apache Software Foundation.</p> <p>And, Yahoo has released its key artificial intelligence software (AI) under an open source license. The company previously developed a library called CaffeOnSpark to perform a popular type of AI called “deep learning” on the big troves of data found in its Hadoop file system. Now CaffeOnSpark is becoming available for community use under an open source Apache license <a href="https://github.com/yahoo/CaffeOnSpark">on GitHub</a>. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><table id="realtedItems" style="background:#e6f0f2; padding:0; font-size:12px; border-top:2px solid #2f697e; vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <tbody><tr style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Activities</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/the-renaissance-continues-for-open-source-artificial-intelligence#comments" target=_BLANK>Comments (0)</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/the-renaissance-continues-for-open-source-artificial-intelligence#addres" target=_BLANK>Post a Comment</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/the-renaissance-continues-for-open-source-artificial-intelligence#addrelquestion" target=_BLANK>Ask a Question</a></li> </ul> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Blog Posts</h3> <ul><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/trinity-updated-welcoming-microsoft-munich-backslide#rss" target=_BLANK>Trinity Updated, Welcoming Microsoft, Munich Backslide</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/trinity-updated-welcoming-microsoft-munich-backslide#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/microsoft-open-sources-the-container-engine-central-to-azure#rss" target=_BLANK>Microsoft Open Sources the Container Engine Central to Azure</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/microsoft-open-sources-the-container-engine-central-to-azure#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/microsoft-contributes-a-next-generation-cloud-hardware-software-concept#rss" target=_BLANK>Microsoft Contributes a Next-Generation Cloud Hardware/Software Concept</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/microsoft-contributes-a-next-generation-cloud-hardware-software-concept#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --></ul> </td> </tr></tbody> </table><!-- end #relatedItems --> </p> http://ostatic.com/blog/the-renaissance-continues-for-open-source-artificial-intelligence#comment machine learning Microsoft Satya Nadella Thu, 10 Nov 2016 11:06:31 -0500 Sam Dean http://ostatic.com/blog/the-renaissance-continues-for-open-source-artificial-intelligence Trinity Updated, Welcoming Microsoft, Munich Backslide http://ostatic.com/blog/trinity-updated-welcoming-microsoft-munich-backslide#rss <p><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7285/16886063516_053b775f6c_s.jpg" alt="windows-logo-cc" hspace="10" width="91" height="100" align="left" />KDE 3 clone Trinity recently updated their desktop software with GCC 6 compatibility. Elsewhere, Munich is thinking of switching their systems back to Windows and Office after switching to Linux and LibreOffice nearly 10 years ago. Some agencies are reporting decreased productivity since the switch. Matt Hartley discussed the advantages for Linux in a partnership with Microsoft and Sam Varghese has been covering SUSE at SUSECon 2016 this week. And AlienBob is back from hiatus with a new Plasma 5 release and plans for a new ISO.</p> <p><strong>Why oh why</strong> is the Linux world so quick to welcome our once mortal enemy into the fold? Matt <a href="http://www.datamation.com/data-center/why-is-corporate-linux-welcoming-microsoft.html">Hartley today said</a> it basically boils down to &quot;the lines between proprietary and free software are blurring&quot; - at least for those wanting them to blur. I imagine they're still pretty bold to Richard Stallman types. Nevertheless, Hartley said for corporate Linux that line is fairly blurry and, for said corporations, Microsoft's new leaf seems sincere. He also said that Microsoft's desire to use Linux proves we've won world domination as we always said we wanted. In addition, Microsoft lends credibility to companies such as Red Hat, SUSE, or Canonical and cooperation might be the best hedge against future patent litigation.</p> <p><strong>Michael Larabel</strong> today reported on an update from the Trinity Desktop folks. Trinity R14.0.4 is now available for those nostalgic for KDE 3. They've been hammering away over at the Trinity project and I'm ashamed I almost forgot about them. Fortunately, Larabel was watching and <a href="http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&amp;px=Trinity-Desktop-R14.0.4">reported today</a> that <a href="http://www.trinitydesktop.org/newsentry.php?entry=2016.11.07">R14.0.4 brings</a> &quot;some notable changes.&quot; These include CUPS 2.2, &quot;FFmpeg 3.x support, GCC 6.x compiler support, GStreamer 1.x support, and Rar 5.x support.&quot;</p> <p><strong>Speaking of KDE</strong>, Eric &quot;AlienBob&quot; Hameleers is back to creating packages for Slackware with <a href="http://alien.slackbook.org/blog/kde-5_16-11-available-for-slackware-14-2-and-current/">the announcement</a> of KDE 5_16.11. This consists of KDE Frameworks 5.27.0, Plasma 5.8.3 and Applications 16.08.2 with QT 5.7.0 for Slackware 14.2 and -current. Packages are available, but he said he's going to be putting out a new ISO soon and we should keep an eye open for that.</p> <p><strong>In other news:</strong></p> <p>* <a href="http://www.itwire.com/open-source/75640-suse-s-enterprise-linux-gets-a-big-upgrade.html">SUSE's enterprise Linux gets a big upgrade</a><br />&amp; <a href="http://www.itwire.com/open-source/75662-suse-still-has-spirit-of-a-start-up-kernel-guru.html">SUSE still has spirit of a start-up: kernel guru</a></p> <p>* <a href="http://www.techrepublic.com/article/open-source-pioneer-munich-debates-report-that-suggests-abandoning-linux-for-windows-10/">Open-source pioneer Munich debates report that suggests abandoning Linux for Windows 10</a></p> <p><table id="realtedItems" style="background:#e6f0f2; padding:0; font-size:12px; border-top:2px solid #2f697e; vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <tbody><tr style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Activities</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/trinity-updated-welcoming-microsoft-munich-backslide#comments" target=_BLANK>Comments (0)</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/trinity-updated-welcoming-microsoft-munich-backslide#addres" target=_BLANK>Post a Comment</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/trinity-updated-welcoming-microsoft-munich-backslide#addrelquestion" target=_BLANK>Ask a Question</a></li> </ul> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Software</h3> <ul><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/slackware#rss" target=_BLANK>slackware</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/slackware#alternatives">6 alternatives</a>, <a href="http://ostatic.com/slackware#comments">post review</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/plasma#rss" target=_BLANK>plasma</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/plasma#alternatives">add alternative</a>, <a href="http://ostatic.com/plasma#comments">post review</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --></ul> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Blog Posts</h3> <ul><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/opensuse-leap-goes-gold-fedora-25-delayed-a-week#rss" target=_BLANK>openSUSE Leap Goes Gold, Fedora 25 Delayed a Week</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/opensuse-leap-goes-gold-fedora-25-delayed-a-week#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/the-renaissance-continues-for-open-source-artificial-intelligence#rss" target=_BLANK>The Renaissance Continues for Open Source Artificial Intelligence</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/the-renaissance-continues-for-open-source-artificial-intelligence#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/microsoft-open-sources-the-container-engine-central-to-azure#rss" target=_BLANK>Microsoft Open Sources the Container Engine Central to Azure</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/microsoft-open-sources-the-container-engine-central-to-azure#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --></ul> </td> </tr></tbody> </table><!-- end #relatedItems --> </p> http://ostatic.com/blog/trinity-updated-welcoming-microsoft-munich-backslide#comment linux Microsoft Plasma Slackware suse Trinity Desktop Environment Thu, 10 Nov 2016 02:34:33 -0500 Susan Linton http://ostatic.com/blog/trinity-updated-welcoming-microsoft-munich-backslide Open Source Cloud Tools and How to Demystify Them http://ostatic.com/blog/open-source-cloud-tools-and-how-to-demystify-them#rss <p><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3195/3130593601_37ffcd9498_o.jpg" alt="" width="203" height="146" />This week, The Linux Foundation <a href="https://www.linux.com/blog/linux-foundation-issues-2016-guide-open-source-cloud-projects">announced</a> the release of its 2016 report <a rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" href="http://ctt.marketwire.com/?release=11G120876-001&amp;id=10172077&amp;type=0&amp;url=http%3a%2f%2fgo.linuxfoundation.org%2frd-open-cloud-report-2016-pr" target="_blank">&quot;Guide to the Open Cloud: Current Trends and Open Source Projects.&quot;</a> This third annual report provides a comprehensive look at the state of open cloud computing. The foundation originally created the guide in response to market and industry confusion about which projects really stand out. We covered the report <a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/the-linux-foundation-launches-its-2016-guide-to-the-open-cloud">here</a>. </p> <p>OStatic has also compiled other documentation and guidance resources for navigating the open cloud. Here is a collection of not-to-miss guides. </p> <p><strong>The FLOSS Manuals ownCloud Guide</strong>. As we've r<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/get-free-documentation-for-owncloud-scribus-and-other-cool-projects">eported</a>, FLOSS Manuals' <a href="http://www.flossmanuals.net/owncloud/">guide to ownCloud</a> is completely free, and a good starting point. Before diving into it, you may want to gain some familiarity with what ownCloud is, which we covered <a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/owncloud-emerges-as-open-source-competitor-to-dropbox-box-net">here</a>. The FLOSS Manuals guide is aimed to be a complement to the existing documentation at <a href="http://doc.owncloud.org">http://doc.owncloud.org</a>. It has sections on how to share files, calendars, contacts and more in the cloud, and optimize security. There is a whole section on SysAdmin tools, which makes experimenting with ownCloud easy. </p> <p><strong>ownCloud on Linux.</strong> There are many good tutorials available for running ownCloud on Linux. Linux User &amp; Developer has a good one <a href="http://www.linuxuser.co.uk/tutorials/build-your-own-cloud">here</a>, and Ubuntu users can find an easy tutorial <a href="https://www.digitalocean.com/community/articles/how-to-setup-owncloud-5-on-ubuntu-12-10">here</a>. </p> <p><strong>OpenStack Basics. </strong>For getting up to speed with OpenStack, you may want to take a look at what the <a href="http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2013/01/15/openstack-101-what-is-openstack/">Data Center Knowledge site</a> offers. It has surprisingly easy to follow and rich video demos and explanations of the OpenStack platform. If you're totally new to the OpenStack cloud platform, look into Data Center Knowledge's <a href="http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2013/01/15/openstack-101-what-is-openstack/">OpenStack 101 video</a>, which comes originally from Rackspace and NASA. As the site notes: &quot;Rackspace, one of the original founders of the OpenStack project along with NASA, published this video that gives quick primer on OpenStack, what it is and who uses it. This 6-minute video, which is part of an ongoing series on OpenStack, introduces the cloud OS and dives into it from a high level to give you the basic understanding of this disruptive technology.&quot;</p> <p>We have also <a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/heres-how-to-sharpen-your-openstack-cloud-skills">covered </a>The OpenStack Foundation's <a href="http://www.pymnts.com/news/businesswire-feed/2013/september/16/openstack-foundation-launches-training-marketplace-20130916005479">launch of </a>a <a href="http://www.openstack.org/marketplace/training">Training Marketplace</a> designed to make it easier to discover training courses offered by providers in the OpenStack community. The foundation has made available a series of free, online training guides. Also, Opensource.com has some excellent coverage of OpenStack tutorials, found <a href="https://opensource.com/business/14/10/guides-tutorials-openstack">here</a> and <a href="http://opensource.com/business/14/5/new-openstack-tutorials">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Managing and Hosting Online Video. </strong>More and more cloud deployments need to include intelligent ways to host video content, and Floss Manuals' <a href="https://en.flossmanuals.net/video-hosting-guide-t/">guide to hosting independent video</a> can provide much help. The guide focuses on approaches and tools to host, showcase and 'aggregate' video content, and also makes specific technology recommendations.</p> <p><strong>Plumi.</strong> <a href="http://blog.plumi.org/" title="Plumi Blog">Plumi</a> is a free Content Management System (CMS) designed for video-sharing, based on Plone and produced by EngageMedia. Plumi enables you to create your own video sharing site; by installing Plumi on your web server your can use a wide array of functionality to facilitate video distribution and community creation. Features include video podcasting, server-side flash/ogg transcoding and embedded playback, open content licensing, a sophisticated publishing workflow and large file uploading via FTP. You can find a compete manual on FLOSS Manuals, <a href="http://en.flossmanuals.net/plumi/">here</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><table id="realtedItems" style="background:#e6f0f2; padding:0; font-size:12px; border-top:2px solid #2f697e; vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <tbody><tr style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Activities</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/open-source-cloud-tools-and-how-to-demystify-them#comments" target=_BLANK>Comments (0)</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/open-source-cloud-tools-and-how-to-demystify-them#addres" target=_BLANK>Post a Comment</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/open-source-cloud-tools-and-how-to-demystify-them#addrelquestion" target=_BLANK>Ask a Question</a></li> </ul> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Blog Posts</h3> <ul><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/canonical-and-others-join-cloud-native-computing-foundation#rss" target=_BLANK>Canonical and Others Join Cloud Native Computing Foundation</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/canonical-and-others-join-cloud-native-computing-foundation#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/microsoft-open-sources-the-container-engine-central-to-azure#rss" target=_BLANK>Microsoft Open Sources the Container Engine Central to Azure</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/microsoft-open-sources-the-container-engine-central-to-azure#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/the-linux-foundation-launches-its-2016-guide-to-the-open-cloud#rss" target=_BLANK>The Linux Foundation Launches its 2016 Guide to the Open Cloud</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/the-linux-foundation-launches-its-2016-guide-to-the-open-cloud#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --></ul> </td> </tr></tbody> </table><!-- end #relatedItems --> </p> http://ostatic.com/blog/open-source-cloud-tools-and-how-to-demystify-them#comment cloud computing OpenStack Wed, 09 Nov 2016 11:07:55 -0500 Sam Dean http://ostatic.com/blog/open-source-cloud-tools-and-how-to-demystify-them Canonical and Others Join Cloud Native Computing Foundation http://ostatic.com/blog/canonical-and-others-join-cloud-native-computing-foundation#rss <p><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8309/7908282690_1d4f706d5e_t.jpg" alt="" width="85" height="100" />When The Linux Foundation announced the <a href="https://www.linuxfoundation.org/news-media/announcements/2015/07/new-cloud-native-computing-foundation-drive-alignment-among">Cloud Native Computing Foundation</a> last year, its members already represented some of the most powerful technology and open source leaders around. Right out of the gate, members included AT&amp;T, Box, Cisco, Cloud Foundry Foundation, CoreOS, Cycle Computing, Docker, eBay, Goldman Sachs, Google, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Joyent, Kismatic, Mesosphere, Red Hat, Switch SUPERNAP, Twitter, Univa, VMware and Weaveworks.</p> <p>Now, the foundation, which is sustaining and integrating open source technologies to orchestrate containers of microservices, today announced that<a href="http://www.canonical.com/" target="_blank"> Canonical</a>, <a href="https://www.digitalocean.com/" target="_blank">DigitalOcean</a> and <a href="https://livewyer.io" target="_blank">LiveWyer</a> have joined up to drive adoption of container and microservices technologies and to accelerate a cloud native computing paradigm. Meanwhile Samsung SDS is also on board.</p> <p>“We’re excited to have Canonical, DigitalOcean and LiveWyer join the Foundation,” said Dan Kohn, Executive Director of Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “The cloud native approach is crucial for enterprises wanting to run at scale and the demand for agile, dynamically-orchestrated technologies is taking off. CNCF is fortunate to be able to add experts from these companies to its wide-ranging community. We’re excited to work with them to make cloud native technologies more successful.”</p> <p>Samsung SDS is also a new Platinum Member of the foundation. “Samsung SDS is dedicated to improving the velocity and efficiency of DevOps teams,” said Richard Kaufmann, Vice President at Samsung SDS. “This commitment is evident through our professional service support for Kubernetes implementations and organizational consultation services. Through these services, we help capture opportunities for positive transformations in team constructs and processes. Critical to our hyper-connected economy, it is vital to become part of a well-functioning open-source community that delivers production-grade infrastructure software.”</p> <p>Cloud native computing uses an open source software stack to deploy applications as microservices, packaging each part into its own container, and dynamically orchestrating those containers to optimize resource utilization. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) hosts critical components of those software stacks, including Kubernetes. You can dig into some of the good work the foundation is doing <a href="https://www.cncf.io/">here</a>.  </p> <p></p> <p><table id="realtedItems" style="background:#e6f0f2; padding:0; font-size:12px; border-top:2px solid #2f697e; vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <tbody><tr style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Activities</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/canonical-and-others-join-cloud-native-computing-foundation#comments" target=_BLANK>Comments (0)</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/canonical-and-others-join-cloud-native-computing-foundation#addres" target=_BLANK>Post a Comment</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/canonical-and-others-join-cloud-native-computing-foundation#addrelquestion" target=_BLANK>Ask a Question</a></li> </ul> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Blog Posts</h3> <ul><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/open-source-cloud-tools-and-how-to-demystify-them#rss" target=_BLANK>Open Source Cloud Tools and How to Demystify Them</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/open-source-cloud-tools-and-how-to-demystify-them#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/microsoft-open-sources-the-container-engine-central-to-azure#rss" target=_BLANK>Microsoft Open Sources the Container Engine Central to Azure</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/microsoft-open-sources-the-container-engine-central-to-azure#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/forrester-openstack-and-aws-are-now-crowned-cloud-standards#rss" target=_BLANK>Forrester: OpenStack and AWS are Now Crowned Cloud Standards</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/forrester-openstack-and-aws-are-now-crowned-cloud-standards#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --></ul> </td> </tr></tbody> </table><!-- end #relatedItems --> </p> http://ostatic.com/blog/canonical-and-others-join-cloud-native-computing-foundation#comment cloud computing Cloud Native Computing Foundation Wed, 09 Nov 2016 11:03:07 -0500 Sam Dean http://ostatic.com/blog/canonical-and-others-join-cloud-native-computing-foundation Microsoft Open Sources the Container Engine Central to Azure http://ostatic.com/blog/microsoft-open-sources-the-container-engine-central-to-azure#rss <p><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2667/3739296717_4db930e8e2_o.jpg" alt="" width="145" height="44" />It's a milestone season for Microsoft on the open source front. <a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/microsoft-open-sources-uwp-dev-toolkit-for-app-development">As we reported</a>, the company recently released a<a href="https://github.com/Microsoft/UWPCommunityToolkit" target="_blank"> new open-source UWP Community Toolkit </a>that eases app development by streamlining new capabilities (helper functions, custom controls and app services) that simplify common developer tasks. Earlier this year, <a href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-azure-container-service-now-generally-available/" target="_blank">Microsoft also made Azure Container Service generally available</a>. On the heels of that move, the company is now pen sourcing the engine that is actually central to Azure Container Service.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-open-sources-its-azure-container-service-engine/">As noted on ZDNet</a>:  <a href="https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/container-service/" target="_blank">&quot;Azure Container Service (ACS)</a> allows developers to orchestrate applications using Apache Mesos or Docker Swarm. ACS also enables users to migrate container workloads to and from Azure without code changes, according to Microsoft. ACS built on top of work the Azure team had done with Docker and Mesosphere to deliver a production ready container service that was based on Docker, Apache Mesos, and open source components from Mesosphere's Datacenter Operating System (DCOS).&quot; Here is more from Microsoft.</p> <p>You can now get the<a href="https://github.com/Azure/acs-engine"> ACS engine on GitHub</a>. </p> <p><a href="https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-container-service-the-cloud-s-most-open-option-for-containers/">According to Corey Sanders</a>, Director of Compute for Azure:</p> <blockquote><p>&quot;Containers are the next evolution in virtualization, enabling organizations to be more agile than ever before. I see this from customers every day! They can write their app once and deploy everywhere, whether dev, test or production. Containers can run on any hardware, on any cloud, and in any environment without modification. In short, they offer a truly open and portable solution for agile DevOps.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;With <a href="https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/container-service/?wt.mc_id=AID529439_SEM_7Vqv9ItU">Azure Container Service</a> (ACS), we provide customers a unique approach to managing containers in the cloud by offering a simple way for them to scale containers in production through proven open source container orchestration technology. Today we are announcing a series of updates to ACS that continue to demonstrate ACS is the most streamlined, open and flexible way to run your container applications in the cloud — providing even more customer choice in their cloud orchestrator.&quot; These updates, available today, include:</p> <p><strong>Kubernetes on Azure Container Service (preview):</strong> In July 2014, roughly a month after Kubernetes became publicly available, we announced support for Kubernetes on Azure infrastructure. Kubernetes 1.4 offered support for native Azure networking, load-balancer and Azure disk integration. Today, we are taking this support even further and announcing the preview release of Kubernetes 1.4 on Azure Container Service. This deeper and native support of Kubernetes will provide you another fully open source choice for your container orchestration engine on Azure. Now, customers will have more options to choose their cloud orchestrator with ACS providing support for three fully open source solutions in DC/OS, Docker Swarm and Kubernetes. You can read more <a href="http://blog.kubernetes.io/2016/11/bringing-kubernetes-support-to-azure.html">here</a> from Brendan Burns, one of the founders of Kubernetes, for his view on Kubernetes on ACS.</p> <p><strong>DC/OS Upgrade to 1.8.4:</strong> We’re pleased to share we have upgraded ACS support for DC/OS to version 1.8.4. This new version includes flexible new virtual networking capabilities along with job-scheduling and Marathon-based container orchestration baked right into the DC/OS UI. In addition, GitLab, Artifactory, Confluent Platform, DataStax Enterprise and our own Operations Management Suite are now available for one-click installation from the DC/OS Universe app store.</p> <p><strong>Open Source Azure Container Service Engine: </strong>Today, we are releasing the source code for the <a href="https://github.com/Azure/acs-engine">ACS Engine</a> we use to create Azure Container Service deployments in Azure. This new open source project on GitHub will allow us to share with the community how we deploy DC/OS, Swarm and Kubernetes and collaborate on best practices for orchestrating containers on Azure, both public and on Azure Stack.<strong> </strong>Furthermore, with the ACS Engine, you can modify and customize deployments of the service beyond what is possible today. Finally, with your help, we can take contributions from the community and improve the service running in Azure.</p> </p></blockquote> <p> Microsoft has said that it will seek contributions from the open source community on this project.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><table id="realtedItems" style="background:#e6f0f2; padding:0; font-size:12px; border-top:2px solid #2f697e; vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <tbody><tr style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Activities</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/microsoft-open-sources-the-container-engine-central-to-azure#comments" target=_BLANK>Comments (0)</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/microsoft-open-sources-the-container-engine-central-to-azure#addres" target=_BLANK>Post a Comment</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/microsoft-open-sources-the-container-engine-central-to-azure#addrelquestion" target=_BLANK>Ask a Question</a></li> </ul> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Software</h3> <ul><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/azure#rss" target=_BLANK>azure</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/azure#alternatives">add alternative</a>, <a href="http://ostatic.com/azure#comments">post review</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --></ul> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Blog Posts</h3> <ul><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/the-renaissance-continues-for-open-source-artificial-intelligence#rss" target=_BLANK>The Renaissance Continues for Open Source Artificial Intelligence</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/the-renaissance-continues-for-open-source-artificial-intelligence#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/trinity-updated-welcoming-microsoft-munich-backslide#rss" target=_BLANK>Trinity Updated, Welcoming Microsoft, Munich Backslide</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/trinity-updated-welcoming-microsoft-munich-backslide#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/open-source-cloud-tools-and-how-to-demystify-them#rss" target=_BLANK>Open Source Cloud Tools and How to Demystify Them</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/open-source-cloud-tools-and-how-to-demystify-them#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --></ul> </td> </tr></tbody> </table><!-- end #relatedItems --> </p> http://ostatic.com/blog/microsoft-open-sources-the-container-engine-central-to-azure#comment Azure cloud computing Microsoft Tue, 08 Nov 2016 11:07:16 -0500 Sam Dean http://ostatic.com/blog/microsoft-open-sources-the-container-engine-central-to-azure The Linux Foundation Launches its 2016 Guide to the Open Cloud http://ostatic.com/blog/the-linux-foundation-launches-its-2016-guide-to-the-open-cloud#rss <p><font face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" color="#000000"><img src="http://ostatic.com/files/lflogo.png" alt="" width="191" height="59" /></font>The Linux Foundation has <a href="https://www.linux.com/blog/linux-foundation-issues-2016-guide-open-source-cloud-projects">announced</a> the release of its 2016 report <a rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" href="http://ctt.marketwire.com/?release=11G120876-001&amp;id=10172077&amp;type=0&amp;url=http%3a%2f%2fgo.linuxfoundation.org%2frd-open-cloud-report-2016-pr" target="_blank">&quot;Guide to the Open Cloud: Current Trends and Open Source Projects.&quot;</a> This third annual report provides a comprehensive look at the state of open cloud computing. The foundation originally created the guide in response to market and industry confusion about which projects really stand out.</p> <p><a href="https://www.linux.com/blog/linux-foundation-issues-2016-guide-open-source-cloud-projects">According to Libby Clark</a>, writing on Linux.com:  &quot;The report aggregates and analyzes industry research to provide insights on how trends in containers, microservices, and more shape cloud computing today. It also defines the open source cloud and cloud native computing and discusses why the open cloud is important to just about every industry.&quot;</p> <p>This year's report covers well-known projects like Cloud Foundry, CloudStack, Docker, KVM and OpenStack, and up-and-comers such as Ansible, Hygieia, Prometheus and Rancher. You can learn more about everything from microservices to containers with this guide. Taking a deeper look into cloud infrastructure, the paper includes information on storage, provisioning and platform projects. There is discussion of cloud operating systems, Software-defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) technologies.</p> <p>At The Linux Foundation’s Publication’s website<em>, </em>you can<em> <a href="http://bit.ly/2eHQOwy" target="_blank">download the report now.</a></em></p> <p>&quot;Open source is software is prevalent in the cloud and is often the preferred choice for new infrastructure technology deployments,&quot; said Mark Hinkle, VP of marketing at The Linux Foundation. &quot;The Guide to the Open Cloud was created to provide an overview of the latest open source software used to deploy and manage cloud deployments as well as illustrate emerging design patterns including those utilizing containers, cloud-native applications and microservices.&quot; </p> <p>There are several projects included in the guide that were hardly talked about in the last iteration. As the announcement of the guide notes: </p> <blockquote><p>&quot;The Linux Foundation's work with numerous cloud computing companies and projects (Cloud Foundry, Cloud Native Computing Foundation's Kubernetes) and engagement at its ContainerCon, ApacheCon and MesosCon events helped shape the paper. For ease of reading, each category includes 15 or fewer projects, evaluated by the project's origins, age of the project, number of contributors, number and frequency of commits, diversity of contributions, exposure, demonstrated enterprise use, and expert opinions from IT practitioners. All profile data were collected from public sources, including project websites and source code repositories.&quot; </p> </p></blockquote> <p><table id="realtedItems" style="background:#e6f0f2; padding:0; font-size:12px; border-top:2px solid #2f697e; vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <tbody><tr style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Activities</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/the-linux-foundation-launches-its-2016-guide-to-the-open-cloud#comments" target=_BLANK>Comments (0)</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/the-linux-foundation-launches-its-2016-guide-to-the-open-cloud#addres" target=_BLANK>Post a Comment</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/the-linux-foundation-launches-its-2016-guide-to-the-open-cloud#addrelquestion" target=_BLANK>Ask a Question</a></li> </ul> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Blog Posts</h3> <ul><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/open-source-cloud-tools-and-how-to-demystify-them#rss" target=_BLANK>Open Source Cloud Tools and How to Demystify Them</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/open-source-cloud-tools-and-how-to-demystify-them#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/forrester-openstack-and-aws-are-now-crowned-cloud-standards#rss" target=_BLANK>Forrester: OpenStack and AWS are Now Crowned Cloud Standards</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/forrester-openstack-and-aws-are-now-crowned-cloud-standards#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/from-openstack-summit-red-hat-reports-that-the-deployment-era-is-here#rss" target=_BLANK>From OpenStack Summit, Red Hat Reports That the Deployment Era is Here</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/from-openstack-summit-red-hat-reports-that-the-deployment-era-is-here#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --></ul> </td> </tr></tbody> </table><!-- end #relatedItems --> </p> http://ostatic.com/blog/the-linux-foundation-launches-its-2016-guide-to-the-open-cloud#comment Kubernetes open cloud OpenStack The Linux Foundation Tue, 08 Nov 2016 10:50:16 -0500 Sam Dean http://ostatic.com/blog/the-linux-foundation-launches-its-2016-guide-to-the-open-cloud Mythbuntu Quits, Xubuntu Fresh Air, Stretch Preview http://ostatic.com/blog/mythbuntu-quits-xubuntu-fresh-air-stretch-preview#rss <p><img src="https://c6.staticflickr.com/6/5508/30573498365_c479046662_t.jpg" alt="deb9_small" hspace="10" width="107" height="106" align="left" />Today in Linux news, upcoming Debian 9.0 got a bit of a test run by blogger FreewheelinFrank who liked what he saw. Elsewhere, Dedoimedo said Xubuntu 16.10 is &quot;a breath of fresh air&quot; and the Mythbuntu project is no more. Canonical released Yakkety Yak animal arkwork in a single handy download, if the link just worked and Linux Foundation web software told FOSS Force's Christine Hall to upgrade her Mint to Windows or Mac.</p> <p><strong>Mythbuntu</strong> has called it quits saying it's been a fun ride but it's time to get off the merry-go-round. &quot;Mythbuntu as a separate distribution will cease to exist.&quot; According to <a href="https://sites.google.com/a/mythbuntu.org/website/home/news/mythbuntusolongandthanksforallthefish">the post</a> by Thomas Mashos Friday, their development team has dwindled from 10 to two in the last months and years and &quot;there will no longer be an ISO, the mythbuntu-desktop package, nor the Mythbuntu-Control-Centre.&quot; MythTV will continue to receive updates, but the easy-to-use distro is now dead.</p> <p><strong>Mythbuntu</strong>'s Mashos suggested new installations be accomplished by starting with, perhaps, Xubuntu and adding the PPA repo to install MythTV. So, it's a good thing that Xubuntu is getting positive reviews. Dedoimedo became frustrated that things that didn't work in Ubuntu seemed to work fine in Xubuntu. His point was that type of inconsistency shouldn't be found with two distros so closely related. He commented this shows how &quot;amateurish&quot; desktop Linux is and it's just &quot;atrocious.&quot; Nevertheless, most things worked just fine and performance was good too. He still had a few niggles here and there, but overall this is the happiest I've seen Dedoimedo in a while. He gave it <a href="http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/xubuntu-yakkety-yak.html">an 8/10 saying</a>, &quot;This is a first Ubuntu release worth testing, after a whole year of failures.&quot;</p> <p><strong>FreewheelinFrank</strong> test drove upcoming <a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/debians-new-look-red-hat-giveaways-ubuntu-advantage">Debian 9</a> through an update. He tested GNOME on Wayland and commented on some of the application changes. While he found a few small issues with the pre-release <a href="http://dontsurfinthenude.blogspot.com/2016/11/debian-stretch-preview.html">he said</a>, &quot; Overall, Stretch seems like it's going to be a big improvement over Jessie for me.&quot; Frank said Debian 9 looks like something he could happily live with while version 8 was closer to tolerating.</p> <p><strong>In other news:</strong></p> <p>* <a href="http://fossforce.com/2016/11/linux-foundation-suggests-window-mac/">Linux Foundation Suggests Upgrade to Windows or Mac</a></p> <p>* <a href="http://design.canonical.com/2016/11/yakkety-yak/">Yakkety Yak 16.10 release animal artwork</a></p> <p>* <a href="http://dasublogbyprashanth.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/review-manjaro-linux-1610-fringilla.html">Review: Manjaro Linux 16.10 &quot;Fringilla&quot; Cinnamon</a></p> <p><table id="realtedItems" style="background:#e6f0f2; padding:0; font-size:12px; border-top:2px solid #2f697e; vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <tbody><tr style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Activities</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/mythbuntu-quits-xubuntu-fresh-air-stretch-preview#comments" target=_BLANK>Comments (0)</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/mythbuntu-quits-xubuntu-fresh-air-stretch-preview#addres" target=_BLANK>Post a Comment</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/mythbuntu-quits-xubuntu-fresh-air-stretch-preview#addrelquestion" target=_BLANK>Ask a Question</a></li> </ul> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Software</h3> <ul><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/ubuntu#rss" target=_BLANK>Ubuntu</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/ubuntu#alternatives">15 alternatives</a>, <a href="http://ostatic.com/ubuntu#comments">19 reviews</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/mythbuntu#rss" target=_BLANK>Mythbuntu</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/mythbuntu#alternatives">add alternative</a>, <a href="http://ostatic.com/mythbuntu#comments">post review</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --></ul> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Blog Posts</h3> <ul><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/opensuse-leap-goes-gold-fedora-25-delayed-a-week#rss" target=_BLANK>openSUSE Leap Goes Gold, Fedora 25 Delayed a Week</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/opensuse-leap-goes-gold-fedora-25-delayed-a-week#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/trinity-updated-welcoming-microsoft-munich-backslide#rss" target=_BLANK>Trinity Updated, Welcoming Microsoft, Munich Backslide</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/trinity-updated-welcoming-microsoft-munich-backslide#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/red-hat-7-3-libreoffice-5-2-3-released#rss" target=_BLANK>Red Hat 7.3, LibreOffice 5.2.3 Released</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/red-hat-7-3-libreoffice-5-2-3-released#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --></ul> </td> </tr></tbody> </table><!-- end #relatedItems --> </p> http://ostatic.com/blog/mythbuntu-quits-xubuntu-fresh-air-stretch-preview#comment debian linux mythbuntu ubuntu xubuntu Tue, 08 Nov 2016 01:22:16 -0500 Susan Linton http://ostatic.com/blog/mythbuntu-quits-xubuntu-fresh-air-stretch-preview People's Code: The U.S. Government Delivers Numerous Open Source Projects http://ostatic.com/blog/peoples-code-the-u-s-government-delivers-numerous-open-source-projects#rss <p><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3328/4565229065_7a73de833d_o.jpg" alt="" width="205" height="159" />When it comes to the U.S. government, most people's eyes are trained on the Presidential race, and if yours are, you may have missed the substantial work promoting open source software that the government is doing. For example, The Office of Management and Budget recently <a href="http://www.federaltimes.com/story/government/it/2016/08/08/final-source-code-policy/88409614/">mandated</a> in <a href="https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3008871/M-16-21.pdf">a lengthy memo </a>that under the final Federal Source Code policy, federal agencies will have to share internally developed code with each other and release at least 20 percent of their code to the public.</p> <p>Now, the government has launched an update of its website, Code.gov, aimed at housing key open source projects. </p> <p> U.S. Chief Information Officer Tony Scott announced the government website, which provides access to more than 50 open source projects from more than 10 federal agencies.</p> <p>Scott wrote in a blog post <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/11/03/peoples-code-now-codegov">published now</a> that Code.gov opens access to code of a number of government digital platforms such as Vote.gov, Vets.gov, We the People and the White House Facebook bot.</p> <p>According to Scott:</p> <blockquote><p>&quot;By harnessing 21st Century technology and innovation, we’re improving the Federal Government’s ability to provide better citizen-centered services and are making the Federal Government smarter, savvier, and more effective for the American people. At the same time, we’re building many of these new digital tools, such as <a href="https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/developers"><em>We the People</em></a>, the <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/10/13/removing-barriers-constituent-conversations">White House Facebook bot</a>, and <a href="https://www.data.gov/">Data.gov</a>, in the open so that as the Government uses technology to re-imagine and improve the way people interact with it, others can too.</p> <p> The code for these platforms is, after all, the People’s Code – and today we’re excited to announce that it’ll be accessible from one place, Code.gov, for the American people to explore, improve, and innovate.</p> <p> The launch of Code.gov comes on the heels of the release of the <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/08/08/peoples-code">Federal Source Code Policy</a>, which seeks to further improve access to the Federal Government’s custom-developed software. It’s a step we took to help Federal agencies avoid duplicative custom software purchases and promote innovation and cross-agency collaboration. And it’s a step we took to enable the brightest minds inside and outside of government to work together to ensure that Federal code is reliable and effective.&quot;</p> </p></blockquote> <p>As just a few examples of what you can do with the new, free offerings, starting today agencies can begin populating their enterprise code inventories using the metadata schema on Code.gov, discover various methods on how to build successful open source projects, and much more.</p> <p>&quot;We’re excited about today’s launch, and envision Code.gov becoming yet another creative platform that gives citizens the ability to participate in making government services more effective, accessible, and transparent,&quot; Scott added.  &quot;We also envision it becoming a useful resource for State and local governments and developers looking to tap into the Government’s code to build similar services, foster new connections with their users, and help us continue to realize the President’s vision for a 21st Century digital government.&quot; </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><table id="realtedItems" style="background:#e6f0f2; padding:0; font-size:12px; border-top:2px solid #2f697e; vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <tbody><tr style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Activities</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/peoples-code-the-u-s-government-delivers-numerous-open-source-projects#comments" target=_BLANK>Comments (0)</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/peoples-code-the-u-s-government-delivers-numerous-open-source-projects#addres" target=_BLANK>Post a Comment</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/peoples-code-the-u-s-government-delivers-numerous-open-source-projects#addrelquestion" target=_BLANK>Ask a Question</a></li> </ul> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Blog Posts</h3> <ul><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/google-code-in-is-coming-focused-on-open-source#rss" target=_BLANK>Google Code-in is Coming, Focused on Open Source</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/google-code-in-is-coming-focused-on-open-source#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/the-tech-industry-waits-to-see-trumps-tech-policies#rss" target=_BLANK>The Tech Industry Waits to See Trump's Tech Policies</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/the-tech-industry-waits-to-see-trumps-tech-policies#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/brown-bag-talks-hear-from-open-source-leaders#rss" target=_BLANK>Brown Bag Talks: Hear from Open Source Leaders</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/brown-bag-talks-hear-from-open-source-leaders#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --></ul> </td> </tr></tbody> </table><!-- end #relatedItems --> </p> http://ostatic.com/blog/peoples-code-the-u-s-government-delivers-numerous-open-source-projects#comment Code.gov open source U.S. Government Mon, 07 Nov 2016 11:11:36 -0500 Sam Dean http://ostatic.com/blog/peoples-code-the-u-s-government-delivers-numerous-open-source-projects From Blender to FIrefox: Free Guides to Open Source Gems http://ostatic.com/blog/from-blender-to-firefox-free-guides-to-open-source-gems#rss <p><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3195/3130593601_37ffcd9498_o.jpg" alt="" width="203" height="146" />Very regularly here at OStatic, we're committed to compiling documentation and guidance resources for popular open source platforms and applications. After all, one of the most common critcisms of open source creations is the lack of official project documentation. </p> <p>One of the best ongoing projects for producing free open source-related documentation is <a href="http://en.flossmanuals.net/">FLOSS Manuals</a>. It's an ongoing and ambitious effort to build online guides for open source software. Recently, the site has added useful documentation for some projects that may interest you, and the site also has a brand new interface. Here are details.</p> <p><strong>Blender. </strong>Blender is an integrated 3d suite for modelling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback (games). Blender has its own particular user interface, which is implemented entirely in OpenGL and designed with speed in mind. Entire animated movies have been created with Blender, and it is open source and free. Find FLOSS Manuals' guide to Blender, including how to install it for various operating systems, <a href="http://write.flossmanuals.net/blender/introduction/">here</a>.  </p> <p><strong>Plumi.</strong> <a href="http://blog.plumi.org/" title="Plumi Blog">Plumi</a> is a free Content Management System (CMS) designed for video-sharing, based on Plone and produced by EngageMedia. Plumi enables you to create your own video sharing site; by installing Plumi on your web server your can use a wide array of functionality to facilitate video distribution and community creation. Features include video podcasting, server-side flash/ogg transcoding and embedded playback, open content licensing, a sophisticated publishing workflow and large file uploading via FTP. You can find a compete manual on FLOSS Manuals, <a href="http://en.flossmanuals.net/plumi/">here</a>. </p> <p><strong>Freedom Fone.</strong> Freedom Fone is a communications tool with origins in Zimbabwe. “While the Internet in Zimbabwe has become more accessible, it is still available only to a minority, urban-based audience,” say Freedom Fone community members. “Mobile phone usage on the other hand has grown exponentially with over 50% of the population - including many who live out in remote rural areas - currently subscribed to mobile networks.” Freedom Fone allows anyone with a phone to access or contribute information on a specific issue 24 hours a day, seven days a week. <a href="http://en.flossmanuals.net/freedom-fone/">A manual makes clear</a> how it can be of use to small- and medium-sized businesses.</p> <p><strong>GIMP for Graphics. </strong>If you work with graphics, or if you want to start doing so, you may already use <a href="http://www.gimp.org/">GIMP</a>, one of the very best open source graphics applications, or you have it on your radar. GIMP is so powerful that it can be daunting for new users, and FLOSS Manuals has an excellent getting started guide available for it, <a href="http://en.flossmanuals.net/gimp/">here</a>. Once you've mastered your GIMP basics, you can find even more guidance in the free online guide in <a href="http://gimp-savvy.com/BOOK/index.html">Grokking the GIMP</a>.</p> <p><strong>Firefox in a Nutshell.</strong> Floss Manuals' <a href="http://www.flossmanuals.net/summary-of-firefox/">Firefox in a Nutshell</a> guide is available now, and is a comprehensive guide to the one of the most popular open browsers. It covers installation, of course, but delves into intelligent use of tabs and dedicates solid coverage to installing extensions--one of the big advantages Firefox offers. <br />  If you use another browser and have wanted to dabble in Firefox, this guide is worth getting and totally free.</p> <p><strong>Etherpad.</strong> Etherpad is a real-time collaborative editor for Linux that can be used for taking minutes during online or offline meetings, recording real-time or asynchronous text-based planning of projects, and more. It's popular as a quick-in, quick-out way to record thoughts. You can get FLOSS Manuals' <a href="http://www.flossmanuals.net/etherpad/">free guide</a> to it now. </p> <p>Etherpad is basically a rewrite of a different but similar application called &quot;EtherPad,&quot; with the newer version being more compact. The FLOSS Manuals guide covers how to create pads, how to chat about pads with other users, and delves into other collaboration features. Especially if you work with others on brainstorming, this little application is worth checking out.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><table id="realtedItems" style="background:#e6f0f2; padding:0; font-size:12px; border-top:2px solid #2f697e; vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <tbody><tr style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Activities</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/from-blender-to-firefox-free-guides-to-open-source-gems#comments" target=_BLANK>Comments (0)</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/from-blender-to-firefox-free-guides-to-open-source-gems#addres" target=_BLANK>Post a Comment</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/from-blender-to-firefox-free-guides-to-open-source-gems#addrelquestion" target=_BLANK>Ask a Question</a></li> </ul> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Software</h3> <ul><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blender#rss" target=_BLANK>Blender</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blender#alternatives">19 alternatives</a>, <a href="http://ostatic.com/blender#comments">5 reviews</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/chrome#rss" target=_BLANK>Chrome</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/chrome#alternatives">5 alternatives</a>, <a href="http://ostatic.com/chrome#comments">1 review</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --></ul> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Blog Posts</h3> <ul><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/do-you-need-an-army-of-committers-to-succeed-in-open-source#rss" target=_BLANK>Do You Need An Army of Committers to Succeed in Open Source?</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/do-you-need-an-army-of-committers-to-succeed-in-open-source#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/at-pwn2own-chrome-flash-and-other-key-tools-proved-vulnerable#rss" target=_BLANK>At pwn2Own, Chrome, Flash and Other Key Tools Proved Vulnerable</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/at-pwn2own-chrome-flash-and-other-key-tools-proved-vulnerable#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/as-chrome-flourishes-microsofts-browser-share-falls-below-50#rss" target=_BLANK>As Chrome Flourishes, Microsoft's Browser Share Falls Below 50%</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/as-chrome-flourishes-microsofts-browser-share-falls-below-50#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --></ul> </td> </tr></tbody> </table><!-- end #relatedItems --> </p> http://ostatic.com/blog/from-blender-to-firefox-free-guides-to-open-source-gems#comment animation Blender Chrome Mon, 07 Nov 2016 10:57:23 -0500 Sam Dean http://ostatic.com/blog/from-blender-to-firefox-free-guides-to-open-source-gems Our Talks with Open Source Movers and Shakers http://ostatic.com/blog/our-talks-with-open-source-movers-and-shakers#rss <p><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3560/3504093185_77baf5d8dc_m.jpg" alt="" width="240" height="209" />As 2017 approaches, it's clear that cloud computing and Big Data analytics are huge tech themes, and open source technologies are helping to drive these trends. However, a whole lot of enabling technologies and corollary trends are arriving as well.</p> <p>Recently, we've done some interviews with leaders on the open source scene who can speak to these corollary trends. In case you missed them, in this post, you can find your way to many of our Q&amp;A sessions not to miss.</p> <p><strong>MapR on Microservices. </strong>It’s easy to underestimate the impact of microservices on today’s technology infrastructure. The evolution of microservices started as a bit of a backlash against the complexity of SOA and ESB practices. Over the last decade, there has been a strong movement toward a more flexible style of building large systems. The idea behind microservices is simple: larger systems can be built by decomposing their functions into relatively simple, single-purpose services that communicate via lightweight and simple techniques.</p> <p>MapR SVP Jack Norris is an expert on microservices. We caught up with him for an interview. <a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/q-a-maprs-jack-norris-on-the-impact-of-microservices">Here are his thoughts</a>.</p> <p><strong>Meet the API Economy. </strong>How important are APIs in today’s digitally driven economy? They’re plenty important, and Paul Doscher, CEO of <a href="https://restlet.com/">Restlet</a>, has put some metrics on the concept. </p> <p>Restlet offers a comprehensive and integrated set of capabilities to design, develop and deploy APIs, including doing so in the cloud, easily and hassle-free. We caught up with Doscher, who identifies himself as “old surfer dude” in addition to CEO, for a guest post on the state of the API economy. <a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/guest-post-restlet-s-ceo-paul-doscher-on-the-api-economy">Here are his thoughts</a>.</p> <p> <strong>Big Data Drives Data Science.</strong> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.databricks.com/">Databricks</a>, a company founded by the creators of the popular open-source Big Data processing engine Apache Spark, has gained much momentum as Spark has gathered big backers and widespread development. Spark is one of the most active open source projects in the Big Data ecosystem, and there are increasing efforts among data scientists to leverage it and other open source tools.</p> <p>We connected with Kavitha Mariappan, who is Vice President of Marketing at Databricks, for a guest post on how open source tools are driving data science in brand new ways. <a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/databricks-kavitha-mariappan-on-open-source-tools-and-data-science">Find it here</a>.</p> <p> <strong>The Grappa Team. </strong>One of the most interesting new tools in data analytics is the open source <a href="http://grappa.io/">Grappa project</a>, which scales data-intensive applications on commodity clusters and offers a new type of abstraction that can beat classic distributed shared memory (DSM) systems. In fact, Rich Wolski, founder of the Eucalyptus cloud project, enthusiastically <a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/eucalyptus-cloud-originator-rich-wolski-on-the-cloud-and-big-data">pointed to Grappa</a> as a very interesting project in our recent interview with him. We met up with some of the leaders behind Grappa, who are based at the University of Washington, for an interview <a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/interview-the-team-behind-grappa-discusses-next-gen-big-data-analytics">found here</a>. </p> <p> <strong>The SDN Trend.</strong> At the recent OpenStack Summit in Barcelona, there were several tracks and sessions dedicated to software-defined networking (SDN), which we have covered extensively here on OStatic. SDN has also been <a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/new-course-from-the-linux-foundation-and-open-daylight-project-focuses-on-sdn">a point of focus</a> for The Linux Foundation and many other organizations. </p> <p>We caught up with Jay Turner, who is head of the CloudRouter Project, an open source project for network collaboration and innovation, for a guest post on the topic. <a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/guest-post-jay-turner-head-of-the-cloudrouter-project-on-software-defined-networking">Here are his thoughts</a>. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><table id="realtedItems" style="background:#e6f0f2; padding:0; font-size:12px; border-top:2px solid #2f697e; vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <tbody><tr style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Activities</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/our-talks-with-open-source-movers-and-shakers#comments" target=_BLANK>Comments (0)</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/our-talks-with-open-source-movers-and-shakers#addres" target=_BLANK>Post a Comment</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/our-talks-with-open-source-movers-and-shakers#addrelquestion" target=_BLANK>Ask a Question</a></li> </ul> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Blog Posts</h3> <ul><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/q-a-maprs-jack-norris-on-the-impact-of-microservices#rss" target=_BLANK>Q&A: MapR's Jack Norris on the Impact of Microservices</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/q-a-maprs-jack-norris-on-the-impact-of-microservices#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/brown-bag-talks-hear-from-open-source-leaders#rss" target=_BLANK>Brown Bag Talks: Hear from Open Source Leaders</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/brown-bag-talks-hear-from-open-source-leaders#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/guest-post-jay-turner-head-of-the-cloudrouter-project-on-software-defined-networking#rss" target=_BLANK>Guest Post: Jay Turner, Head of the CloudRouter Project, on Software Define...</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/guest-post-jay-turner-head-of-the-cloudrouter-project-on-software-defined-networking#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --></ul> </td> </tr></tbody> </table><!-- end #relatedItems --> </p> http://ostatic.com/blog/our-talks-with-open-source-movers-and-shakers#comment CloudRouter MapR microservices Fri, 04 Nov 2016 10:49:57 -0400 Sam Dean http://ostatic.com/blog/our-talks-with-open-source-movers-and-shakers Hortonworks' Q3 Results Reflect Ongoing Welcome for Hadoop http://ostatic.com/blog/hortonworks-q3-results-reflect-ongoing-welcome-for-hadoop#rss <p><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8299/7782930676_321a0c5db7_t.jpg" alt="" width="100" height="75" />Hortonworks, which focuses on the open source Big Data platform Hadoop, has steadily been cementing its reputation as a leader in the Hadoop arena. The company's third quarter results are now reported, and they provide a window on the momentum that Hortonworks now has.</p> <p>In particular, its operating billings grew 66 percent year-over-year. Let's be sure to note that Red Hat and other companies focused on commercial strategies built on open source tools have focused on steadily growing operating billings. Here are some of the product and financial highlights from the Q3 report. </p> <p>Total GAAP revenue was <span class="xn-money">$47.5 million</span> for the third quarter of 2016, an increase of 47 percent compared to the third quarter of 2015--nothing to shake a stick at. Total GAAP gross profit was <span class="xn-money">$27.7 million</span> for the third quarter of 2016, compared to gross profit of <span class="xn-money">$17.5 million</span> for the same period last year, also showing healthy growth at Hortonworks.</p> <p>&quot;Q3 was a milestone quarter for Hortonworks. We crossed the 1,000 customer count and our operating billings grew 66% year-over-year,&quot; said <span class="xn-person">Rob Bearden</span>, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors of Hortonworks. &quot;Customers in 60 countries have selected our connected data platforms to leverage a comprehensive data management strategy spanning on-premise, hybrid and public cloud environments. As we continue to work within the Apache Software Foundation to enhance the value to our customers, we are looking forward to future achievements in product functionality and the benefits to be derived from our industry leading solutions.&quot;</p> <p>The company also reported a slew of updates and metrics related to its product offerings, including these:</p> <blockquote><p><strong>Hortonworks DataFlow 2.0 Delivers Enterprise Productivity and Streaming Analytics – </strong>In July, we announced the next generation of Hortonworks DataFlow (HDF™) version 2.0 for enterprise productivity and streaming analytics. HDF is an integrated system for dataflow management and streaming analytics to quickly collect, curate, analyze and deliver insights in real-time, on-premises or in the cloud. With HDF, customers get an easy-to-use enterprise-ready platform to manage data in motion anywhere and in any environment. HDF 2.0 includes the following new functionalities: Next-Generation User Experience, Enterprise Readiness, and IoT at the Edge.</p> <p><strong>Munich Re Achieves Strategic Big Data Platform with SAS and Hortonworks – </strong>In August, Munich Re Group, the world's largest reinsurer, announced that it is leveraging SAS Analytics and the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP™) for its big data initiative.</p> <p><strong>Prescient Chooses Hortonworks to Make Travel Safer with Connected Data Platforms – </strong>In August, we announced that Prescient Traveler, LLC (&quot;Prescient&quot;) has adopted our connected data platforms, utilizing both HDP and HDF to redefine the traveler risk management market. We are helping Prescient process 19,000 location updates per second to keep travelers aware of and safe from physical, health-related and environmental threats.</p> <p><strong>Hortonworks, IBM Collaborate to Offer Source Distribution on Power Systems – </strong>In September, in a partnership with IBM, we announced the planned availability of HDP for IBM Power Systems enabling POWER8 clients to support a broad range of new applications while enriching existing ones with additional data sources. HDP will complement the performance of Power Systems by allowing clients to quickly gain business insights from their structured and unstructured data.</p> <p><strong>Hortonworks Tightens Focus on the Cloud with Connected Data Architecture – </strong>In September, we showcased our latest technology solutions for streaming analytics, security, governance, and Apache Spark at scale at Strata + Hadoop World. As customers increasingly look to deploy cloud-based solutions, our connected data architectures and mission-critical security, governance, and data access innovations provide unparalleled integration across multiple clouds and the data center.</p> <p><strong>Hortonworks Accelerates Cloud Innovation for Customers with Microsoft Azure HDInsight – </strong>In September, we announced updates to the Microsoft Azure HDInsight Hadoop Cloud solution. As part of our collaboration with Microsoft Corporation, these updates will allow customers to achieve big data query speeds that approach data warehousing performance, provide a highly secure Hadoop solution in the cloud, and allow for an easier experience for administrators to spin up third-party ISV applications.</p> <p><strong>Lenovo Chooses Hortonworks Data Platform for Actionable Intelligence – </strong>In October, we announced that Lenovo Group Ltd. (&quot;Lenovo&quot;), a multinational technology company, is using HDP to manage its robust big data analytics platform, as well as our professional services to provide expert global support. Lenovo's Global Business Intelligence team developed a hybrid cloud-based platform, Lenovo Unified Customer Intelligence (LUCI Sky), which has scaled to over a petabyte of data in just a few years' time. This analytics platform, powered by HDP, delivers actionable insights from a myriad of global sources in a matter of seconds.</p> <p><strong>Webtrends Chooses Hortonworks to Power Its Connected Data Architecture –</strong> In October, we announced that Webtrends Inc. (&quot;Webtrends&quot;), a leading provider of data, analytics, and optimization solutions, is using HDP and HDF as the foundation of its connected data architecture, both in the data center and in the cloud. With connected data platforms, Webtrends transformed its business by storing, processing and analyzing data to uncover insights into consumers and their behaviors, which are invaluable to global brands.</p> <p><strong>Recruit Technologies Deploys Hortonworks Data Platform for Analytics – </strong>In October, we announced that Recruit Technologies Co., Ltd. (&quot;Recruit Technologies&quot;) has selected HDP for its data analytics platform. As a strategic partner, we will offer connected data platform expertise on collecting, accumulating and analyzing big data to support Recruit Technologies' mission to develop and implement its business in a highly competitive IT environment. Recruit Technologies' Internet marketing platform powered by HDP will meet the future needs of its customers.</p> <p><strong>Hortonworks Data Platform to Provide Data Analytics for LIXIL – </strong>In October, we announced that LIXIL Corporation (&quot;LIXIL&quot;) has selected HDP as its data analytics platform. By deploying HDP, LIXIL will offer cutting-edge technology and quality support through the connected data platforms that serve as its foundation for data management. </p> </p></blockquote> <p> The latest in a string of market research reports has also arrived forecasting huge growth for Hadoop itself. <a href="http://www.strategymrc.com/report/hadoop-market">According to </a>researchers at Stratistics MRC, the global hadoop market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 53.7% over the forecast period leading to 2022. &quot;Increasing investments in data management, rising amount of structured and unstructured data, hasty growth in consumer data and rapidly increasing demand for big data analytics are the factors influencing the market growth,&quot; the study's authors report.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><table id="realtedItems" style="background:#e6f0f2; padding:0; font-size:12px; border-top:2px solid #2f697e; vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <tbody><tr style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Activities</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/hortonworks-q3-results-reflect-ongoing-welcome-for-hadoop#comments" target=_BLANK>Comments (0)</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/hortonworks-q3-results-reflect-ongoing-welcome-for-hadoop#addres" target=_BLANK>Post a Comment</a></li> <li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/hortonworks-q3-results-reflect-ongoing-welcome-for-hadoop#addrelquestion" target=_BLANK>Ask a Question</a></li> </ul> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> </td> <td style="vertical-align:top; text-align:left;"> <h3>Related Blog Posts</h3> <ul><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/atscale-delivers-findings-on-bi-plus-hadoop#rss" target=_BLANK>AtScale Delivers Findings on BI-Plus-Hadoop</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/atscale-delivers-findings-on-bi-plus-hadoop#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/cloudera-accelerates-portfolio-of-self-paced-big-data-training-courses#rss" target=_BLANK>Cloudera Accelerates Portfolio of Self-Paced Big Data Training Courses</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/cloudera-accelerates-portfolio-of-self-paced-big-data-training-courses#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --><li><a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/hadoop-sandboxes-and-trials-spread-out#rss" target=_BLANK>Hadoop Sandboxes and Trials Spread Out</a> (<a href="http://ostatic.com/blog/hadoop-sandboxes-and-trials-spread-out#comments">post comment</a>)</li> <!-- end .item --></ul> </td> </tr></tbody> </table><!-- end #relatedItems --> </p> http://ostatic.com/blog/hortonworks-q3-results-reflect-ongoing-welcome-for-hadoop#comment Hadoop Hortonworks Fri, 04 Nov 2016 10:38:34 -0400 Sam Dean http://ostatic.com/blog/hortonworks-q3-results-reflect-ongoing-welcome-for-hadoop